Rio back to full strength

Wednesday, 29 July 2015
SLi and Sport complete new Rio range

The Rio carnival is back in full swing with the arrival of the high-grade SLi and Sport models to complete the team. 

With Rio continuing its long-standing role as the entree to the Kia brand, the new Sport _ which replaces the previous SLS model _ and the high-spec SLi will only add to the Rio armoury.

Both cars come standard with the 103kW and 167Nm 1.6-litre GDi engine coupled to Kia’s lauded in-house 6-speed automatic gearbox.

“While the sales profile for Kia is continuing to widen across the model range, Rio remains an integral part of the strategy for continued growth in Australia,” Kia Motors Australia Chief Operating Officer, Damien Meredith said.

“With the Rio model range complete Rio is again ready to fulfill its role within the KMAu family.”

The Sport, at $21,490, is available as a three-door only with a full suite of safety features including Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist; ESC and Traction Control; Vehicle Management System; Hill-start Assist Control; six airbags, seat belt reminders and three child restraint anchor points (two ISOFIX).

For the interior there are leatherette trim seats with red highlight stitching, front seatbelt guides and alloy sports pedals. The Sport is also available with a bespoke exterior hero colour, Digital Yellow.

In the five-door SLi ($22,990) the full safety suite is available along with the addition of reverse parking sensors and child-proof rear door locks.

The seats are leather and cloth trim with height adjustable front seat belts. There is privacy glass for the rear windows and tailgate, rain-sensing front wipers and climate control air-conditioning.

Premium paint is available at an additional $520 on both models.

All Kia models benefit from an industry-leading customer care package which includes 7-Year unlimited kilometre warranty, 7-Year Capped Price Servicing program and 7-Year roadside assist.

About Kia Motors Corporation 
Kia Motors Corporation ( – a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart – was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. Over 3 million Kia vehicles a year are produced in 10 manufacturing and assembly operations in five countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering around 180 countries. Kia today has around 49,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of nearly US$45 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA – the governing body of the FIFA World Cup™. Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan – "The Power to Surprise" – represents the company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting and inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.

For further information, contact:
Kevin Hepworth
General Manager – Media & Corporate Communications
Telephone: (02) 9701 1734
Mobile: 0412 210 313

Alyson MacDonald
Media & Corporate Communications Manager
Telephone: (02) 9701 1768
Mobile:0411 244 676

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